Paul Lynch (politician)

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Paul Lynch
Hon Paul Lynch MP, Minister for Local Government.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Liverpool
Assumed office
25 March 1995
Preceded by Peter Anderson
Personal details
Born Paul Gerard Lynch
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Solicitor
Website Parliamentary webpage

Paul Gerard Lynch, an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Liverpool since 1995 for the Australian Labor Party.

Early career and background[edit]

Lynch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a LLB and was elected as an Councillor on Liverpool City Council in 1987 until his election to NSW Parliament in 1995. During this period he served as Deputy Mayor and served on the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils.[1] Lynch originally ran for Labor Party preselection for Liverpool in 1989, but was defeated by Peter Anderson. A prominent member of the party's left-wing faction, Lynch gained his revenge on the right-wing Anderson when Anderson failed to cement support amongst his local party members and lost party pre-selection.[2]

He is the brother in-law of former federal members of parliament Laurie Ferguson and Martin Ferguson.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Elected to NSW Parliament in 1995, he was Temporary Chairman of Committees and Chair of the Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and Police Integrity Commission. Lynch was re-elected on 24 March 2007 and was appointed Minister for Local Government, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) in the Iemma ministry.[1] With the appointment of Nathan Rees as premier, he became the Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. In the Keneally ministry, Lynch retained the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, and took on responsibility for Industrial Relations, Commerce, Energy, and Public Sector Reform.

Following the 2015 State election, Lynch holds the shadow portfolio of Attorney General.[1]


  1. ^ a b c [Parliamentary webpage "Mr Paul Gerard Lynch, MP"] Check |url= value (help). Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Liverpool". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Peter Anderson
Member for Liverpool
Political offices
Preceded by
Kerry Hickey
Minister for Local Government
Succeeded by
Barbara Perry